Apple removes anti-malware apps that harvested browser data
Sep 12 2018
WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD SECURITY APPS you don't generally expect them to be spying on you - especially when they come from the Mac App Store.
Trend Micro also points out that "the potential collection and use of browser history data was explicitly disclosed in the applicable EULAs and data collection disclosures accepted by users for each product at installation" and that "the browser history data was uploaded to a US-based server hosted by AWS and managed/controlled by Trend Micro".
Perhaps Apple does not care about the MacApp Store as much as the iOS App Store simply because it does not generate as much money for it.
The apps in question include Dr. Unarchiver and Dr.
When Wardle opened the zip file, he found that it contained browser history from Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The process of stealing user data starts after unzipping the app and the user seeing an offer to "Quick Clean Junk Files".
Reed claimed that the app itself has a long track record of unscrupulous behaviour: it was previously called "Adware Medic" - a title which Reed said was a "rip off" of his app of the same name.
The apps have been reported to Apple since at mid-August and are now removed from the Mac App Store. Now with new evidence that Adware Doctor application is actually breaking the rules and stealing user data, hence, now the well-known security application Adware Doctor was eventually removed from the store and is not available.
Despite cases like this, however, App Stores are safer than the wild internet as curtain - even one that is many times perfunctory - can still screen unsafe apps more often than not.
The apps ask users for access to their home directory in exchange for functions such as virus scanning or cache clean ups.
If you are the user of the well-known security application Adware Doctor then it is time to remove the application from your Mac and stop being spied on by an app for which you paid.
But, according to what was published by the well-known security researcher Patrick Wardle, this application is accessing user data for which it did not warn that it would consult and who should have access.
Apps collect data such as Global Positioning System coordinates, WiFi network IDs and more, and pass all of it to advertising and monetization firms.